Ownership and Governance
The Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA), established in 1918, is run independently of its two constituent Churches, the Presbyterian Church and the Uniting Church. The PMSA owns, and is responsible for, the overall administration of Clayfield College. The PMSA also owns and administers Somerville House, Brisbane Boys’ College and Sunshine Coast Grammar School.
The PMSA is incorporated by letters patent under the Religious Education and Charitable Institutions Act 1861.
Clayfield College is governed by a College Council consisting of seven members, three of whom are appointed from members of the PMSA Council, three of whom are independent persons appointed from the school community, and the College Principal. The Business Manager is an invited attendee, but is not a member of the Council. The Clayfield College Council has substantial authority, delegated from the PMSA, to govern the College and is responsible to the PMSA for their performance.
The Clayfield College Advisory Committee meets at least twice a term prior to the Clayfield College Council. This Committee comprises the members of the Clayfield College Council, the Heads of Junior, Middle and Senior Schooling and the Presidents of the College Support Groups. The Advisory Committee provides the various Support Groups with an insight into the various activities undertaken at the College. This forum also provides the Support Groups with an avenue to communicate with the College Council and highlight their activities throughout the year.
Clayfield College Council
Mr Kevin Standish, Chairman
Mr Standish has has been associated with Clayfield College for over 15 years. His association with the College commenced when his two daughters were educated at the College.
Mr Standish brings a wealth of legal knowledge and experience to the College Council. He is a member of the Business law section of the Law Council of Australia as well as a member of the Queensland Law Society. Mr Standish is also a member of the Albion Rotary Club and he is Vice-Chairman of the Committee of Management at Scots Presbyterian Memorial Church in Clayfield.
Mrs Judith Johnson, MMusEd, TMusA. AMusA, CertTeaching
School Community appointee
Mrs Johnson was appointed to Clayfield College Council in 2004.
She has had a long association with Clayfield College having been Head of Visual and Performing Arts at the College for 26 years. Upon leaving Clayfield College she moved to The School of Music, University of Queensland, as a lecturer in aural studies and music education. Mrs Johnson is also a past President of the Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia and is the Head of its Education Committee. She has also written a number of textbooks on Music Education.
Mr Graham Packer
School Community appointee
Mr Packer was first appointed as a Community Representative in 2004. As an ex-parent of Clayfield College Mr Packer has a great deal to offer the College from both a business and educational background.
Mr Packer’s business acumen is based on the experience he has gained from 12 years in the Banking industry and as a Director of his Family Business. Presently, he is Director of International Export which has grown significantly in recent years.
On the educational front, besides his interest in Clayfield College Mr Packer is also Chairman of the Christian Outreach Centre as well as being a Councillor on the board of the Christian Heritage College.
Mr Packer has been a member of the Methodist/Uniting Church for over 25 years. He has been a Director for Youth of Christ for over 25 years as well as being a Director of the Australian Christian Lobby.
Mr Brian Savins, BEd, MEd, DipT,MACE
Principal Clayfield College
Mr Brian Savins joined Clayfield College as Principal in January 2007. Mr Savins brings to this position more than 25 years of educational experience in both the independent and State school sectors, throughout Australia and the United Kingdom. From 2002 to 2006, Mr Savins served as Principal of Pedare College in Adelaide, having previously led as Assistant Principal at St Margaret's Anglican Girls School for four years and Deputy Dean and Acting Dean of Studies at The Southport School for seven years. Mr Savins is committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic, sporting and cultural endeavours, himself recognised as a leader in education, a keen sportsman and a passion for the performing arts. Mr Savins grew up in rural Australia and has international experience in overseas education and marketing. He demonstrates a friendly and caring rapport with young people in schools and encourages students to aspire and grow spiritually while utilising their God given talents. Mr Savins is keen to continue and strengthen the strategic development of Clayfield, building on the excellent leadership and commitment of previous Heads of the College.
Mr Marko Rukavina, CA, BEc
Business Manager Clayfield College
Mr Marko Rukavina commenced with Clayfield College in November 2012, and holds a Bachelor of Economics (Monash University) majoring in Accounting and a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretary Practice. Mr Rukavina is Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a Registered Tax Agent.
Mr Rukavina’s career development has been considerable in its diversity, including financial roles in hospitality, entertainment, retail, sport, logistics and public practice. Mr Rukavina commenced with Chartered Accountancy firms before joining ASX listed Jupiters Limited as a Business Analyst and then Director of Finance for Jupiters Townsville Hotel. From 1999 to 2005, he worked with the Tabcorp Holdings/Jupiters Group before joining the Brisbane Lions Australian Rules Football Club as Chief Financial Officer, a senior position he held until 2011.
Mr Rukavina, appointed by the PMSA, is responsible for overseeing the business and commercial affairs of the College, including Foundation matters.